Community members beat chief Mlonyeni, officials over land for Malawi-Zambia bordermarketr

Community members in Mchinji allegedly beat up Senior Chief Mlonyeni and four Mchinji District Council officials at Mchinji/Zambia border over plans to allocate land for a border market.

Yona Mtanga: They beat us

In an interview, Mchinji District Council chairperson Yona Mtanga, who was part of the delegation that included Mchinji District Council director of planning and development Noel Dakamau and other land officials, confirmed the incident.

He said they went to Tikoliwe Village in Traditional Authority Mlonyeni to discuss with traditional leaders to allocate their farmland for the construction of Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) supported border market.

He said they were surprised to see about 100 people, including village heads, gathered at the place they agreed to meet for the discussions.

Said Mtanga: “They accused us of being corrupt, saying they heard rumours that the land would be used for other projects and not the market. Luckily, we escaped, but with injuries.”

He said they rushed to Mchinji District Hospital where they were treated as outpatients.

Mchinji district commissioner Peter Jimusole said the community members also smashed a vehicle belonging to Senior Chief Mlonyeni and snatched their phones.

“The council chose the place because it is along the border,” he said.

Jimusole said the council will continue to engage the communities so that the project should proceed.

Meanwhile, Mchinji Police Station officer-in-charge George Mtetemera said no arrest has been made so far.

Comesa is constructing border markets to reduce connection between traders and customers.

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John chidongo
3 months ago

Ulemu ndi umunthu ukusowa chiyambireni chomanga ma Demo ku Malawi. Azigenda president. Tiyeni nazo munaziyamba nokha potenga Boma . Umati chani ndi ufulu wao. Anthu ali out of control tsopano simungawauze chochita ananso akuonere nkhalidwe lomwelo likhala dziko la mtundu wanji kaya. Koma akulowo abomali amawerenga zimenezi. Bwanji sakhala ndi ma open phone line or WhatsApp ma minister kuti anthu aziprekapo maganizo ao direct ngati achitira maiko ena ngati ku RSA.

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Neutral Analysis
3 months ago

It is a good idea to construct a market at the border. This shall help the community around the borders. However, I observe that the government officials and Mlonyeni himself did not engage the local people around the area that’s why awathyapula. Mumafuna muwayende njomba? It seems even junior chiefs were angry with them. Utsi sufuka popanda moto. Mwanyanya ziphuphu mafumu athu. TA Mlonyeni would have discussed with junior chiefs around the area before welcoming the council officials. Mphamvu ku wanthu!!

Lethal Agent
3 months ago

Yona is lucky. He still has his nose.

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